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Covid-19: Panic buying sees UK supermarkets ‘selling out’ fast

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
29th Feb 20 1:49 pm

British supermarkets are struggling to keep up with demand as shoppers are stocking up on food and other items for fear of being quarantined for many months as coronavirus outbreak is getting worse.

Ocado the online supermarket emailed their customers saying, “We want to let you know that we’re experiencing exceptionally high demand at the moment.

“More people than usual seem to be placing particularly large orders.

“As a result, delivery slots are selling out quicker than expected.”

Discount supermarket store Lidl has warned that they are “experiencing a significant increase in demand for durable products or disinfectants.”

A spokeswoman for Lidl said, “We are doing everything we can to ensure the food supply and we have increased deliveries to our branches.”

Boots the pharmacy has seen an influx of customers buying alcohol hand gels and face masks, many stores are now sold out.

Tesco has also been hit with panic buyers and has run out of hand gels and other essential items.

On Friday evening it was confirmed that a British man from Surrey is the first known person to be infected with person to person transmission of coronavirus and had not travelled abroad.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said, “One further patient in England has tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday evening.

“The virus was passed on in the UK.

“It is not yet clear whether they contracted it directly or indirectly from an individual who had recently returned from abroad.

“This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun.

“The patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS infection centre at Guy’s and St Thomas.”

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